A key player in the alleged bribery scheme that has ensnared state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) pleaded guilty for his role in the alleged conspiracy on Tuesday.
Former Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, according to NY1 and other published reports.
Smith is accused of trying to bribe Savino and other Republican officials in an attempt to get his name on the Republican line for the city’s mayoral race this year.
Being a registered Democrat, Smith wold have required the approval of three of the city’s five county Republican committees to get on the GOP ballot.
Smith is alleged to have offered cash bribes and state funding for transportation projects in return for support.
Halloran is charged with receiving $45,000 in bribes to act as a go-between with Smith and GOP leaders, as well as other acts not directly linked to Smith.
Former Queens County Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone also has been charged in connection with the alleged scheme, as have former mayor Noramie Jasmin and former Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret of upstate Spring Valley.